Jun
14

Game 67: Just Win

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The Yankees just wrapped up a disastrous three-game series in Oakland in which nearly every one of their flaws — old and unproductive lineup, shaky CC Sabathia and Phil Hughes, sketchy defense in some spots — was exposed. If Thursday’s marathon 18-inning loss wasn’t rock bottom, then I’m not sure I want to see how much worse they can actually play. Just get a win tonight against the awful Angels. Ugly, pretty, blowout, nail-biter, extra innings, rain-shortened … I don’t care. Just get a win and go from there. Here’s the lineup that will face left-hander C.J. Wilson:

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. 3B Jayson Nix
  3. 1B Mark Teixeira
  4. DH Robinson Cano
  5. LF Vernon Wells
  6. RF Thomas Neal
  7. 2B David Adams
  8. SS Reid Brignac
  9. C Austin Romine

And on the mound is the rotation leader in strikeout rate at 9.1 K/9, right-hander David Phelps lefty Andy Pettitte. Bit of a brainfart there.

I can confirm reports that the weather is indeed gorgeous in Anaheim, mid-70s with almost no humidity or clouds and a light breeze. Perfect weather, basically. The game is scheduled to starter at 10:05pm ET and can be seen on YES. Try to enjoy.

Roster Moves: In case you missed it earlier, the Yankees made a slew of roster moves this afternoon. Kevin Youkilis hitting the DL with more back trouble was the most notable.

Categories : Game Threads

469 Comments»

  1. Dan says:

    Wait, isn’t pettitte supposed to be starting?

  2. Pat D says:

    I remember yesterday’s game thread started out so well.

    I don’t really have a point.

    Let’s see how hard it is to do accounting homework while trying to watch the game.

  3. OldYanksFan says:

    That’s a brutal lineup. All of 3 Major League players.

    But before we complain about the Yankees, look at LAA.
    Pujols, Hamilton, Trumbo and Trout….
    and they’re 10 games UNDER .500.
    Seems almost impossible.

    • Feed.Me.More! says:

      Yeah, could you imagine having that level of talent, and sporting that shitty of a record?

    • Pat D says:

      Just like the last few years, half their lineup is below average, but their pitching hasn’t been all that great either.

      That being said, they are underperforming their expected W-L, too, so perhaps they aren’t as bad as we hope.

    • MannyGeee says:

      My Fantasy team would like it if you didn’t mention that asshat Josh Hamilton (that I ACTUALLY TRADED FOR – with a fellow RAB poster, no less…) until he starts hitting… Against someone not in Pinstripes hopefully…

  4. trr says:

    The bottom third of that lineup…..ugh

  5. Get Phelps Up says:

    Vernon Wells and Josh Hamilton have the same wOBA.
    Should I laugh or cry?

  6. Eddard says:

    The Yanks finally get to play a team older and worse than them. The A’s have a fraction of the payroll and put these two teams to shame. Just goes to show you how a good FO can make all the difference. Take 2/3 from these bums and finish the road trip .500

    • The Real Me says:

      Just goes to show you how a good FO can make all the difference.

      Or, just goes to show what losing your starting SS, 3B, LF, C and having injuries to several of their replacements can do to a team.

  7. Pat D says:

    If anyone is interested, Man of Steel is definitely worth seeing.

    Just don’t go expecting the same story that’s already unspooled on film.

  8. Pat D says:

    Yes, just ignore that Nix’s numbers basically suck and take our word for it that he’s very, very valuable.

    Never mind that Frankie Cervelli and Alberto Gonzalez lead him in bWAR.

  9. Pat D says:

    I still think Teix’s issue is that he’s more worried about an old, old wooden ship that was in Civil War times.

  10. The Real Greg says:

    Some positive notes:

    It seems that Cano is walking a bit more this year. Whether by IBB or work.

    The Red Sox are wasting a golden opportunity to pull away in the division. This division has been there for the taking, and they are not taking it. Could come back to haunt them

  11. capitalT says:

    That lineup is absolutely craptastic

  12. Eddard says:

    Romine just doesn’t know how to catch Andy. This was a mistake already.

    • The Real Greg says:

      Well unless you want Stewart catching a game after catching 18 innings, they have no choice. Unless, as I suggested call up JR Murphy to take over the backup catcher’s role.

  13. The Real Greg says:

    Get JR Murphy up here.

  14. Eddard says:

    Romine just gave up that hit. It might be a rough day for Andy because of the young catcher.

  15. Pat D says:

    That’s the Trumbo we know and love.

    Also, re: Pujols. The good news for him? He’ll still get all that money and get inducted into the HOF.

  16. Cy Pettitte says:

    if they don’t get swept this series I’ll be amazed

  17. Eddard says:

    Not even Andy can pitch around Romine’s blunders. Stewie could have caught tonight and taken tomorrow off. Phelpsy works well with anybody.

    • WhittakerWalt says:

      Have you missed the part this year where Stewart’s terrible? Because he is, in virtually every phase of the game.

  18. Dalek Jeter says:

    Well, would you look at that, Howie Kendrick beats us. I swear if he played the Yankees every day of his career he’d go down as the best 2nd baseman of all time.

  19. Pat D says:

    I think one of the reasons I hate Howie Kendrick so much is because of all the times Joe Morgan used to prattle on about how Kendrick would win a batting title some day.

    Yea, only if he can play against the Yankees every game.

  20. Kramerica Industries says:

    Always great to see the Yankees still haven’t figured out a way to get Howie Kendrick out.

  21. Dalek Jeter says:

    I really don’t get blaming Romine for Andy not pitching well to him, Andy’s a Veteran, he almost absolutely throws his own game.

  22. Dalek Jeter says:

    Our line up is basically Chris Stewart 1-9 in June.

  23. Dalek Jeter says:

    When Neal flares his nostrils he looks like Omar from The Wire.

  24. Pat D says:

    Fuck Texas.

  25. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Just got here. Losing already? Golly.

  26. The Real Greg says:

    And the ineptness continues….

  27. Cy Pettitte says:

    Kay and Singleton: The Angels are so bad, here’s a million reasons why they are not good and everyone’s underperforming

    Angels will now proceed to beat the Yankees brains in

  28. MannyGeee says:

    It’s time for David Adams to go back dow…. Oh, Youk’s hurt again? Well, shit.

  29. trr says:

    Seriously, I’m worried about getting no-hit tonight..am I just being paranoid?

  30. forensic says:

    It took the Angels radio announcers all the way till the 3rd inning to start talking about the Yankees payroll…

  31. MannyGeee says:

    There goes the no hitter. Reid says suck it, trr…

  32. Pat D says:

    Austin Romine: Most Hated Yankee or……Most Most Hated Yankee?

  33. Kramerica Industries says:

    We all complain about Chris Stewart, but holy crap is Austin Romine a shitty, shitty hitter.

  34. Eddard says:

    They should have just played without a catcher tonight. Romine’s a negative player.

  35. Cy Pettitte says:

    Cashman needs to get Shoppach.

  36. Pat D says:

    The Iron Pigs do have good concessions and a nice stadium.

    But the name is still shit.

  37. Dalek Jeter says:

    Defense!!

  38. vicki says:

    rook with the leather.

  39. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Cano-like play. Nice

  40. Dalek Jeter says:

    Does the ball not carry well in Anaheim? I thought that ball was long gone off of Hamilton’s bat.

  41. Hall and Nokes says:

    Trade Cano

  42. MannyGeee says:

    Albert PujLOLs

  43. Kramerica Industries says:

    Quick cheat note: neither Babe Ruth nor Lou Gehrig are answers to that trivia question.

    • Pat D says:

      Technically, the MVP award didn’t begin until 1931.

      • Kramerica Industries says:

        There were prior incarnations, including the Chalmers Award (which created extreme controversy on the final day of 1910), but the award as we know it, a yearly recognition, wasn’t established in the American League until 1931, correct.

  44. ExitCashman says:

    Jackass 3.5 is on now. Far more creative and effective, not to mention offensive, than the Yankee offense.

  45. Pat D says:

    Jeez, that one is too easy.

    Berra, Mantle, Maris.

    • Kramerica Industries says:

      Oh screw you. Maris being the 1960 MVP winner is so easily forgotten given what happened in 1961.

      • Pat D says:

        My initial guess was DiMaggio and not Maris, then I remembered he won in 1960.

        I remember reading a Bill James entry saying that Mantle really deserved the MVP pretty much every year from like ’54 to ’63 or so.

  46. Kramerica Industries says:

    Now, my guesses:

    DiMaggio, Mick, and I suppose Yogi? I know he was a three-time MVP winner himself.

  47. Dalek Jeter says:

    Jeez, I left at the beginning of the commercial to grab some food out of my fridge, had a 2 minute conversation w/ my sister and came back…and there are already 2 outs?!

  48. Cy Pettitte says:

    forget about runs, just get a hit already

  49. No Hits says:

    I have a feeling that we get no hit tonight.

  50. The Real Greg says:

    There goes the no-no.

  51. MannyGeee says:

    Hooray for no-no breakups!

    Now, lets hang a fucking number on the run column here boys!

  52. Wheels says:

    Wells?

  53. Cy Pettitte says:

    Thomas Neal can secure his own Yankeeography if he gets a hit here

  54. MannyGeee says:

    Ok, multiple hits. This is promising

  55. Dalek Jeter says:

    I feel like this is a stupid question, but it just popped into my head and I can’t reason it out, does a HBP effect a pitcher’s WHIP? I mean it’s not an error, but it’s neither a Walk or a Hit.

  56. forensic says:

    This would be a wonderful time for Adams to break his hitless streak.

  57. The Real Greg says:

    Let’s see if Adams beats the odds against stringing a two out rally together.

  58. Kramerica Industries says:

    Adams has an OBP of .236.

    I mean, what the hell is this?

  59. Pat D says:

    OMG, a clutch hit!

  60. forensic says:

    Hallelujah!!!

  61. Wheels says:

    woohoo!!!

  62. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

    Addie!!!!

  63. SDB says:

    A RUN! A REAL RUN!

  64. Dalek Jeter says:

    OMGZ MULTIPLE RUNS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    DAVID FUCKING ADAMS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  65. Get Phelps Up says:

    David Adams!!!

  66. Kramerica Industries says:

    RUN(S)!

    WHAT THE HELL ARE THESE THINGS ANYWAY???

  67. vicki says:

    i may weep.

  68. MannyGeee says:

    Ohhhhhhhhh shit. David Adams is in the house.

  69. The Real Greg says:

    WHAT”S GOING ON?

  70. Jimmy says:

    Apparently Neal hasn’t been given the game plan yet.

  71. I'mVernonI'mVernon4U says:

    OFFENSE!!!!!!!

  72. Pat D says:

    Did Kenny just call the Yankees “the Little Guys?”

  73. Tom says:

    It’s a Festivas Miracle!

    When do they do the feats of strength?

  74. Wheels says:

    Damn, we needed that.

  75. Get Phelps Up says:

    Completely unrelated to this game but it bothers me how a batter reaching on an error or a dropped third strike does not count towards OBP but HBP does. The hitter can’t “control” either of them, so they should either all count or none of them should count.

    • forensic says:

      I think there is an argument to be made that for certain players, being HBP is sort of a skill. I don’t think that argument can be made for either reaching on 3rd strike or forcing errors.

      • Get Phelps Up says:

        You could argue that hustling on every grounder could force an errant throw as the infielder feels a need to rush the play. Hell you could even say the same thing with a strike 3 in the dirt.

        • forensic says:

          Yeah, but there’s still no overt action (IMO) causing the IFer to throw the ball away. Standing on the plate or slightly moving an elbow into the zone is a more overt action by the batter.

    • ExitCashman says:

      Hitter can control HBP. Guys used to go up there to get hit as a way of getting on base.

  76. Pat D says:

    Fuckin’ A, Romine! He threw over 30 pitches that inning! Take one at least!

  77. The Real Greg says:

    Now if you’re Andy Pettitte, you need to throw a shutout, at least until Robertson and Rivera, or even further.

    You need to make this lead stick because they might not score anymore.

    Kuroda had the same situation yesterday and failed to make it stick, little bit because of Stewart, but nevertheless.

  78. Jim Is (not) Bored says:

    Nice to finally score some runs! And a 2 out rally…I did not see that coming.

  79. forensic says:

    Did he really just swing at a first pitch curveball???

    As beyond shitty hitter, you have the take the first pitch, especially after he just walked the last batter and two of the last three and you’re working on his pitch count which is almost 80 in the 4th inning.

  80. Wheels says:

    Crap.

  81. The Real Greg says:

    And what does Pettitte do? He gives up 2 leadoff hits.

  82. SDB says:

    Ugh. Not the way to start an inning after the Yankees score their first runs in what seems like forever.

  83. forensic says:

    I don’t know what’s wrong with BR, but for some reason they have Kendrick’s career BA against the Yankees at only .339.

    I’m positive it’s closer to about .800…

  84. Dalek Jeter says:

    Really, Andy…we NEED A shutdown inning here.

  85. forensic says:

    Nice shutdown inning Pettitte…

  86. Cy Pettitte says:

    that lead was fun for 1/3 of an inning.

  87. The Real Greg says:

    And there it goes. UNBELIEVABLE WITH THIS F***ING PITCHING STAFF

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      Greg, you get angry at the weirdest shit. We have easily one of the 5 best overall staffs in baseball. I’d argue top 3. When you’re losing games 3-2 4-2 2-1 or 1-0 it’s not on your pitching.

      • The Real Greg says:

        When this offense scores runs, you have to make it stick. Because they aren’t scoring anymore. THAT IS A GIVEN.

        THE PITCHERS NEED TO STEP UP.

        • Dalek Jeter says:

          If they were scoring 3 or 4 runs maybe I’d give it to you. When it’s 2 runs, that’s not on the pitcher.

          • The Real Greg says:

            You can win games 2 runs or fewer as I pointed out last night. The 2012 Yankees won 6 games scoring 2 or fewer runs.

            This year: 1 and that came last week against Seattle.

            • Dalek Jeter says:

              And how many did they lose?

              • The Real Greg says:

                I don’t care how many they lost. I will give you that it is hard to win scoring 1 run, although possible.

                You can win games scoring 2 runs.

                • Dalek Jeter says:

                  To borrow your favorite word, that’s not logical. To expect something that doesn’t happen on a regular basis to happen just because it has happened before is by definition illogical.

                  • The Real Greg says:

                    They don’t have to do it on a regular basis. Win 3 of them. They were in line for 2 of them against the Mets and blew both.

                    That’s 2 victories down the drain.

                    • Dalek Jeter says:

                      But you say something like this almost every game. So you are apparently expecting it every day.

                    • The Real Greg says:

                      Well since they only have 1 of those victories so far, I’m waiting for number 2.

        • forensic says:

          The pitcher’s are pitching about as well as they’re capable of, for the most part (an exception or two here or there).

          There are several hitters not hitting even close to as well as they’re capable of.

          How about you place the blame in the right place?

          • The Real Greg says:

            Because we knew coming in that the offense was going to suck. That was a given.

            • forensic says:

              That doesn’t mean there aren’t more of them playing below ability than the pitchers. Those guys are more at fault than the pitchers who you are absurdly expecting to have 1.00 ERA’s.

              • The Real Greg says:

                The O’s last year won 9 games scoring 2 runs or fewer. Did all of their pitchers have 1.00 ERA’s?

                No.

                • Dalek Jeter says:

                  And again, how many did they lose?

                  • The Real Greg says:

                    It doesn’t matter. They don’t have to win all of them. But they need to win some to keep on track.

                    • Dalek Jeter says:

                      and again I say, To borrow your favorite word, that’s not logical. To expect something that doesn’t happen on a regular basis to happen just because it has happened before is by definition illogical.

                    • The Real Greg says:

                      It doesn’t have to happen on a regular basis.

                      Again go back to the Mets’ series. They had two victories in the palms of their hands of that variety and lost both.

                • forensic says:

                  In those games they did. Just like the Yankees pitchers will in the games they’ll win like that.

                  The idiotic part of this is that you are saying this every game, so yes, you are expecting them to have a 1 ERA in each and every game.

        • Robinson Tilapia says:

          Straight up trolling.

          • The Real Greg says:

            Wrong. Because I am here when they win as well.

            And trolls don’t do that.

            • Robinson Tilapia says:

              Trolls say things with the sole purpose of getting a rise out of others. Doesn’t matter who’s winning or losing.

              • Rolling Doughnut says:

                In fairness to Greg, I don’t think he does it for that reason, it’s more like he’s too emotionally invested in the team and he can’t contain himself. Hope he has a defibrillator at his house otherwise this year may kill him.

      • Rolling Doughnut says:

        Like my 11 year old, Greg does not handle disappointment well.

  88. Kramerica Industries says:

    It was so nice to see the lead last for all of four batters in the next half-inning.

  89. The Real Greg says:

    Don’t theses guys get it. YOU HAVE TO PITCH BETTER WITH A SHITTY OFFENSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  90. Wheels says:

    Settle down Beavis, I’m sure is he’s pitching the best that he can.

  91. Get Phelps Up says:

    Are we rooting for the O’s to sweep Boston?

  92. Robinson Tilapia says:

    That was stupid, Brett. Very stupid.

  93. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

    WTF Gardner?

  94. Wheels says:

    What are you doing Gardner???

  95. Rolling Doughnut says:

    WTF was Gardner doing?

  96. Dalek Jeter says:

    That was a boneheaded play by Brett. Wait till he releases the ball, you’re fast enough to make it to third as soon as he releases.

  97. ExitCashman says:

    Maybe if Cano has rep for running hard to 1st, the fielder rushes the throw more and makes an error? I don’t care if he is the best on this team, I wouldn’t go more than 4 years. He will be toast by 35 if not sooner.

  98. Get Phelps Up says:

    That rock structure really bothers me for whatever reason.

  99. Dalek Jeter says:

    Damn you Howie!!!!!!!!

  100. The Real Greg says:

    That really didn’t impress me. He hardly had to move

  101. SDB says:

    I blame Sterling for that. That DP happened SECONDS after he mentioned Wilson’s pitch count and talked about whether it could go over 100 in this at bat.

  102. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

    Wells!
    Again!

  103. SDB says:

    Nicely done Vern!

  104. Dalek Jeter says:

    WOAH you have gotta be slow if Wells is throwing you out on that play.

  105. Wheels says:

    Right on Vern!

  106. Get Phelps Up says:

    Wow that was some throw.

  107. The Real Greg says:

    Albert has to know that he is not fast anymore. Although it was a well executed play.

  108. forensic says:

    Sterling is going off like Wells’ throw there was almost the best throw in the history of the universe, despite it being Pujols ‘running’.

    Was it actually that good?

  109. The Real Greg says:

    And now we know Neal has no arm whatsoever.

  110. Kramerica Industries says:

    Fucking two out, two strike hits.

    You’re killing me, Andy.

  111. The Real Greg says:

    And there goes the game, unless the Angels bullpen is really crappy

  112. Dalek Jeter says:

    fuck…hopefully we can scratch another couple runs off of the Angel’s bullpen.

  113. Cy Pettitte says:

    put it in the L column, 4 runs ain’t happening tonight.

  114. The Real Greg says:

    And these last two games, although this one more than the last one illustrates my point. If your offense really sucks, you need to pitch really well to stay in contention.

    If this offense gives you any sort of lead, you need to make it stick, because they aren’t scoring anymore.

    Now that I’ve said that several times, they will probably score 3 runs to win this game.

  115. The Real Greg says:

    I don’t think the Yankees have any RH pinch hitters.

  116. forensic says:

    I picked up Iannetta before the game because I needed a catcher for the night and he can hit lefties a bit. I was just hoping for a bases empty, 2-out single and a walk or something.

    I feel kind of bad now that he’s got 2 RBI’s.

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      I started CJ tonight, breaking my rule of not starting SP against the Yankees. How do you think I feel?

      • forensic says:

        I started Colon in Oakland.

        The worst part? I had roster flexibility and this offense actually had me checking out all the pitchers they’ll be facing to see if there is anything worth taking a risk on.

  117. Kramerica Industries says:

    There will be hell to pay if this team ends up dropping a series against a team ten games below .500.

    Two innings to rescue this one. Given that they have only scored once in their past 24 innings, pardon me if I’m not beaming with optimism.

  118. Dalek Jeter says:

    It’s officially Andy’s birthday, comeback and win it for ‘em!

  119. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

    Lovely

  120. Wheels says:

    You have got to be shitting me.

  121. Kramerica Industries says:

    Oh are you fucking kidding me?

  122. forensic says:

    Great job guys…

  123. Dalek Jeter says:

    That was sad.

  124. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Bad.awful.shit sandwich.

  125. Robinson Tilapia says:

    That was plain shit baseball. THAT reminded me more of the early 90′s than anything anyone’s ever claimed on here.

    I never want to see my infielders jawing at each other like that ever again.

  126. Get Phelps Up says:

    Hamilton sucks.

  127. Dalek Jeter says:

    Wow, my first round draft pick ladies and gentleman.

  128. Kibble and Vicks says:

    I don’t think the Yankees have any choice but to resign Granderson if they have any desire to compete for the next few years. Say what you will, but Grandy has become one of the Elite Homerun hitters in baseball. Without Granderson, this lineup virtually has zero power outside of robbie. When your second basemen is your biggest power threat, there is a problem.

  129. Lukaszek says:

    Did Josh Hamilton just strike out on three pitches in the dirt? Speechless

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      Yup. Now that is a contract I am happy the Yankees did not sign, and I was advocating it if he was willing to sign for 4-5 years.

    • Kibble and Vicks says:

      He already cashed in the massive paycheck. All he literally has to do is show up. Imagine if you got paid to go to work, but you didn’t technically have to do anything. Live in LA, get paid to just participate? I’m down.

  130. Kramerica Industries says:

    I’m glad Pujols looks in vintage form in time for the Yankees to come to town…

  131. Kramerica Industries says:

    Andy has gotten killed with two outs tonight.

    All three run scoring hits have occurred with two outs.

  132. Dalek Jeter says:

    So you make that fucking play, but neither you nor Adams can catch a simple fucking pop-up?

  133. Fin says:

    I’m shocked, just got home from a day of drinking and golfing, to find the Yankees have scored 2 runs. What a puke worthy offense.

    • forensic says:

      Might want to keep drinking if you’re going to put the game on…

      :-)

      • Fin says:

        I’m shocked, just got home from a day of drinking and golfing, to find the Yankees have scored 2 runs. What a puke worthy offense.

        Isnt that pretty much every night these days..even when they win? I mean its an ugly brand of baseball. Just sit there and watch and hope the other team never scores because if they get 2 runs its very possible the game is over.

  134. Cy Pettitte says:

    they will score exactly 1 run now, 4-3 loss.

  135. The Real Greg says:

    I know the expression is so cliché and totally unfounded but I really feel that this franchise misses George.

  136. Kibble and Vicks says:

    I don’t know what to expect from jeter, But if we could just somehow get Arod and Granderson back, this lineup would be much more formidable. We don’t need to have a ELITE offense, but a middle of the pack offense would be nice. If we just had a league average offense, we would probably be running away with the east.

    Lets just assume we get arod, grandy, Cerv, jeter back, we really could use a corner OF bat. Sure would be nice to package a deal for a guy like corey hart.

  137. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

    They are just not fun to watch anymore, man.

  138. forensic says:

    It’s kind of sad when your offense consists of 6 singles, the Sterling’s ‘Power Report’ has to go to Neal for his single and his AAA numbers consisting of 2 homers.

  139. Get Phelps Up says:

    I hope Cano goes yard here.

  140. Tom says:

    Chances Cano swings at the first pitch?

  141. forensic says:

    Scott Downs is warming up but not in the game here against Cano???

    Thank you Mike Scioscia!

  142. Dalek Jeter says:

    Just IBB him and go after Wells, Neal, and Adams w/ the bases juiced

  143. Cy Pettitte says:

    Cano so clutch. great job.

  144. Kibble and Vicks says:

    The real scary thing is that we rely so much on this pitching staff. We could possibly lose Kuroda, Andy, And hughes after the season is over. Not to mention the regression from CC.

  145. forensic says:

    Sigh… Robbie…

  146. Pat D says:

    Tomorrow is a Fox game?

    Thankfully I have schoolwork and won’t feel guilty for skipping it.

  147. Dalek Jeter says:

    Come on Vernon, please a bit of a dead cat bounce, if just for tonight??

  148. The Real Greg says:

    And before it is brought up, Scott Downs is warming up in the pen.

  149. Dalek Jeter says:

    Ichiro? Really? Not Pronk? Not Overbay? Ichiro?

  150. Get Phelps Up says:

    Stuart must be happy…

  151. Dalek Jeter says:

    That was ball four dickbag.

  152. forensic says:

    Ichiro and Hafner both have ok numbers against Downs. I’d rather see them up there instead of Wells against Jepsen.

    And according to Sterling just now, Wells has Great power…

  153. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Jepson sucks. Robbie missed a meatball. ARGHHH

  154. Cy Pettitte says:

    lmfao only this team can keep getting men on 2 with no outs and not advancing them at all at this rate

  155. Dalek Jeter says:

    He swung at ball four at least twice.

    Same book on Wells as Andruw Jones last year, throw it “near” the plate low and away, and he’ll swing. He’ll either swing over it or make super weak contact.

  156. Dalek Jeter says:

    Fucking fuck fuck.

  157. Wheels says:

    just sad

  158. Cy Pettitte says:

    so fucking pathetic.

  159. Kramerica Industries says:

    That tease was so fucking predictable.

  160. forensic says:

    1st and 2nd, no outs, and the runner doesn’t even advance to 3rd, much less score.

    How many times have we said that in the last week, much less all season.

  161. FIPster Doofus says:

    I’m gonna need to read another rant after this shit fest, Mike.

    • Kramerica Industries says:

      Just check his Twitter feed. His underlying snark behind everything he writes is, well, at least something of a relief to read while the Yankees continue to stink up the joint.

  162. Get Phelps Up says:

    That sure wasn’t Girardi’s best inning of the season.

    • The Real Greg says:

      Putting my bias aside, I don’t know much he could have done. They had Downs warming in case of a lefty pinch hitter, and they knew that Ichiro had the reverse split, thus keeping him in.

  163. Fin says:

    I cant blame Tex for batting .157. Hes a slow starter when he gets a full spring training. When you combine no spring training and miss 2 months of the season..thats gona add up to ugly shit. But fuck .157!

    • stuart a says:

      Bull. tex is a hacker. who refuses th hit the ball to the left side..

      he has turned into a 250 hitter best case scenario. disgraceful..

  164. Cy Pettitte says:

    I’d love to bet some money on this team being under .500 by the end June, would be easy money.

  165. Kibble and Vicks says:

    The Front office shouldn’t be shocked that attendance is down and YES ratings are down 38 percent. The only other major sport without a payroll is soccer. Can you imagine if FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Man U, told their fans they were no longer going to acquire elite players through the transfer window and were going to slash payroll? Ha.. I’d like to see how that would go over.

    • Kibble and Vicks says:

      Salary cap*

    • Rich says:

      The only way Hal gets the message is in the wallet. When that piece of shit corporate Stadium is empty like the late 80s maybe they will get the message. I don’t care what anyone says signing a washed up Youkilis and “acquiring” Wells is a damn panic move. Someone should tell Hal greed is not always good

  166. The Real Greg says:

    Gotta pitch better to win with this offense.

  167. stuart a says:

    girardi is he up at bat???

    cano as clutch as ever. yep a true franchise superstar, just give him the 8 year deal already he is a difference maker after all.. Laugh….

    wells swung at bll 4 and then barely got the ball to the outfield, no suprise.

    ichiro stuck on 11 rbi’s if he gets hot he can drive in 25 this year….

  168. Dalek Jeter says:

    This game is most likely over, but really Joe? 2 runs down and you’re throwing up the white flag?

    • The Real Greg says:

      Remember Blake Beaven in Seattle? Same purpose. Save the rest of the bullpen.

    • Tom says:

      That is an annoying habit of his… down more than 1 run late and he usually turns to the “B” squad.

      The bullpen is a bit taxed, but Warren carried the brunt of the extra innings.

      Kelley threw 3 pitches yesterday
      Joba didn’t pitch
      Robertson is on 1 day of work
      Claiborne and Logan are probably the only unavailable guys

  169. number 21 says:

    I guess the Yankees don’t like to score more than 2 runs.

  170. stuart a says:

    joba must be tired after wasting about 12 pitches per outing because he is a clueless dope…

    joba what a classic stupid ballplayer. nibble nibble nibble..

  171. Kramerica Industries says:

    Only in Anaheim.

    Unreal.

    • Rich says:

      Fuck Anaheim. They wish they have our record.

      • Kramerica Industries says:

        They’ll probably be much closer by the end of Sunday.

        • Rich says:

          That team shows you a baseball manager is the most overrated coaching position in sports. Sciosia was slurped as the greatest manager since Casey Stengal and his team can’t beat the Astros

          • Kramerica Industries says:

            Dude, we are the first fanbase out there to point out that #SciosciaBall is the most overrated BS in baseball.

            Not sure what your point is.

  172. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Unbelievable. Just fucking unbelievable

  173. forensic says:

    At least hold them to one run here…

  174. The Real Greg says:

    He was safe by a mile.

  175. Kramerica Industries says:

    Yeah, why not another two-out run scoring hit?

  176. Rich says:

    This is not on any manager. When the greedy ass owner and arrogant general manager think they can find lightning in a bottle again this is what they get. Can’t wait until they are under .500 by the all star break and maybe trade these bums including Cano

  177. J Bone says:

    Drove to Anaheim from Vegas to see the three games this weekend. Having watched every game of the season thus far on TV, I can report that they actually look worse live right now, and I didn’t think that possible. Pettitte got hit hard all night and was lucky he didn’t give up more runs. I was here for a postseason game in 2009 that the Yanks lost. Only losing to the Sox irks me more. Angels fans are so annoying with their rally monkey crap and stadium that looks like it belongs in Disneyland.

    • forensic says:

      With their history there, we decided to skip our same trip this year. We’re doing the San Diego series instead.

  178. stuart a says:

    trout as clutch as cano. trout has 45 rbi’s hitting 1st or 2nd cano not so much.

    i forgot rbi’s are a misleading stat…

    cano is great…especially for 270 hitter with no speed.

    i especially like cano’s ability to work a walk kinda like tex’s ability to hit the ball to the left side, or wells discipline at the place or ichiro’s ability to create walks.. this is pure artistry watching this train wreck..

    bootcheck another winning ballplayer is on the team to be used when they are getting blown out….

  179. Tim says:

    Its so hard to watch this team. The good play early gave everyone false hope. This is the team right now who is what we truly are. I agree with the person above, I put this on ownership and GM. George would be rolling over in his grave in vomit over this display.

  180. Dalek Jeter says:

    How…How? Even as Chris Bootcheck, HOW?!?! How do you allow a walk to the husk of the corpse of Josh Hamilton?!

  181. Cuso says:

    Bootcheck! Just pitch to contact! Just let them hit it at this poin!

  182. forensic says:

    Nice, efficient 30 pitch inning…

    Why all the complaining???

  183. Get Phelps Up says:

    And after not PHing last inning, Girardi brings in Bootcheck in a 2 run game that he almost lets completely get away. I rarely complain about him, but these last 2 half innings have been bad.

    • Tim says:

      Girardi trying to save his bullpen for all the meaningless innings they will be pitching in early August and September.

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      Like Tom said, Girardi has the tendency to send out a “B” guy, Kelley in April, Claiborne in early May, Warren and such in later May to early June, when down anything more than 1 run late in the game.

    • Tom says:

      It’s been a bad couple of games… yesterday was a mess and it started 2 batters into the game when he was trying to bunt Jason Nix (actually it started before the game with him writing the name Jayson Nix into the 2nd spot of the lineup card.. and with a righty starter on the mound as well)

      • Tim says:

        Seriously, you think Nix batting 2nd is that terrible? Who would you rather see there? Adams? Youklis? Cano? Stewart? Maybe Cano can bat there the rest of the year that way Gardner wont crack double digit steals and the other team only has to worry about retiring the first 2 hitters in order to win..

    • The Real Greg says:

      Man this game was over, Bootcheck or no Bootcheck. Calm down.

      And did you not know that Scott Downs was warming?

  184. Tim says:

    Yankees hitters about to make this guy looks like Rivera. My guess? 1-2-3 11 pitch inning.

  185. forensic says:

    Now he’s not even going to try by hitting for Brignac???

  186. Matt :: Sec110 says:

    This team in unwatchable at this point. A 2 run deficit feels like 20.

  187. Tom says:

    Brignac going for the leadoff , bases empty, game tying 3 run homer,

    It’s one thing to be bad and fail, but they are just playing dumb baseball on top of it all.

  188. Cuso says:

    amazing development, somehow Travis Hafner hasn’t hit the DL this year

  189. WhittakerWalt says:

    Well, it wasn’t the worst performance I’ve ever seen Pettitte have at Angels Stadium. I was at a game 4 or 5 years ago where he got completely obliterated.
    Though 11 hits is pretty damn close.

  190. forensic says:

    Hafner just broke Ichiro’s earlier 0-22 and is now 0 for his last 23.

  191. Kramerica Industries says:

    Yankee 0ffense FTL.

  192. I'mVernonI'mVernon4U says:

    Not sure I understand why we pinch hit Haf with 2 outs. What is that going to do? Get him on base so the next batter strikes out?

    4 runs/game sounds very, very generous.

    *whimpers*

  193. Rolling Doughnut says:

    OK we win tomorrow and Sunday and we’re .500 for the trip.

  194. Tom says:

    How does not one batter at least take strike 1 down 3runs in the 9th? Frieri has 18 walks in 27 innings (which is terrible)

    That is as much a coaching problem as it is a hitting problem. It’s one thing to just get beat, but the Yankees are playing some dumb baseball; they seem to have no grasp of the situation. (nor does Girardi these last few games)

    • WhittakerWalt says:

      As I’ve said before, bad hitters don’t work the count. They go up there hacking, afraid to fall behind.

  195. Fin says:

    Hey, they are still 7 games over .500. HOw many teams in baseball wish they could say that?

    LOL, worst argument ever. Just like when the Yankees had great teams under .500 and you knew they were going to win the division. You know this team is not going to stay over .500 and are not going to win the division. Barring miracle returns from Arod and Jeter.

    • WhittakerWalt says:

      I get pretty tired of the “well they’re still _____” arguments. Because I have to react to the game I’m watching right now, and the game I’m watching right now is fucking atrocious. They won an amazing, unlikely number of games early in the season. Right now that’s still helping their win total out. But that’s it. They’re playing like absolute ASS.

  196. Bob says:

    ACQUIRE ANDRE EITHER!!

  197. Pat D says:

    This game thread did have at least one positive to it.

  198. The Real Greg says:

    It’s getting so ridiculous that people are getting angry at the manager for not pinch hitting with a guy who was 0-7 yesterday and would probably have to face a lefty off which he hits .208

  199. DARREN says:

    “Hey Laz! Girardi got another one of them invisible dragonflies!”

    /caption contest’d
    //Yanks are gonna be fine, y’all. Relax.

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